ISABELLA, ARTIST EXTRAORDINAIRE by Jennifer Fosberry

ISABELLA, ARTIST EXTRAORDINAIRE

by ; illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 6
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

A child can’t decide how to spend her day but takes inspiration from her love of art.

Isabella is content to spend her day off from school at home with her stuffed toy mouse, but her parents try to find alternate activities. Their discussion about possible places to visit and things to do is embedded with fine-art references that are also depicted and referenced in the illustrations. When Isabella’s mother asks, “[H]ow about the park?” Isabella responds, “Let me THINK about it,” and digital art depicts her as a statue in a pose similar to Rodin’s The Thinker that’s being carved by her now-anthropomorphized, sentient toy. Subsequent spreads reveal 10 other references to fine art, all but one of which are by white men. Mary Cassatt’s The Boating Party is the exception, in a spread depicting Isabella and her parents in a rowboat as she says, “A BOAT PARTY would be fun….But it’s awfully chilly today.” The exclusivity is enough to make readers “SCREAM” like Munch’s subject in another painting referenced in the book. At the end, Isabella invites her parents to see a museum of her own making, and they admire pictures on her bedroom wall inspired by the referenced art pieces, which are then identified in backmatter.

Extraordinarily exclusive. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: April 2nd, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-4926-7264-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2019




MORE BY JENNIFER FOSBERRY

ChildrenISABELLA by Jennifer Fosberry
by Jennifer Fosberry
ChildrenISABELLA by Jennifer Fosberry
by Jennifer Fosberry
ChildrenMY NAME IS NOT ISABELLA by Jennifer Fosberry
by Jennifer Fosberry

MORE BY MIKE LITWIN

ChildrenISABELLA by Jennifer Fosberry
by Jennifer Fosberry
ChildrenLOST IN BERMOODA by Mike Litwin
by Mike Litwin
ChildrenISABELLA by Jennifer Fosberry
by Jennifer Fosberry
ChildrenMY NAME IS NOT ISABELLA by Jennifer Fosberry
by Jennifer Fosberry

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenTHE SHAPE GAME by Anthony Browne
by Anthony Browne
ChildrenWILLY'S PICTURES by Anthony Browne
by Anthony Browne
ChildrenIF PICASSO PAINTED A SNOWMAN by Amy  Newbold
by Amy Newbold